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South Yorkshire councils form waste partnership

All four South Yorkshire councils have joined forces for the first time to develop a joint waste strategy.

Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham are consulting residents and businesses until 31 July on their priorities.

One key target already in the five-year strategy, which will be released in the autumn, is the aim for the authorities to reduce, reuse, recycle or recover energy from 95% of South Yorkshire’s waste. It currently achieves about 74%.

The strategy will look at the long-term management of waste, and how services and resources can be used more effectively across the region.

It will not include the day-to-day detail around household collection services, which will continue to be planned at a local level.

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham metropolitan councils already have a joint waste plan, adopted in March 2012, alongside their individual strategies.

Sheffield City Council has a separate waste management that runs until 2020. It currently sends its residual waste to Veolia’s local energy-from-waste facility (pictured).

The document says the purpose of a review is to consider the current waste strategies jointly and work collaboratively to ensure that the councils are compliant with developments in EU, national and local legislation and policy.

“Closer working between local authorities across the Sheffield city region will be a key part of the emerging Northern Powerhouse, the Government’s proposal to link northern cities and their surrounding areas to boost economic growth in the north of England,” it says.

“Regeneration developments will include improved transport links and additional investment in infrastructure, innovation and skills.”

South Yorkshire generates half a million tonnes of recycling, composting and non-recyclable household waste each year, and the four councils collect nearly 15 million black and grey bins from more than 565,000 households.

Respondents can complete an online or paper questionnaire. Public drop-in events will also be held across the region.

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